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    The 'Doctor's Car'

    My '55 President Speedster was special ordered by a Doctor from Newburyport, Massachusetts in late '55. It was built on 9/27/55, which apparently was in the last week of production for the '55 models. The doctor liked all black cars I guess! (And who can blame Him?)
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    "The 'Doctor's Car'"; an alternate TARDIS. I think there were very few ordered in single tone black. A GEM!

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    Ed,I like the look of no upper front trim peices as much as I like seeing them.did'nt notice that the first time I saw these pics,but you mentioned it a few days ago.that is a very classy example for sure,Doctor was better off with this than some Caddy or buick.
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    That's gorgeous!
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    Was it ordered with the skirts?
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    beautiful car. I like the side skirts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockne10 View Post
    "The 'Doctor's Car'"; an alternate TARDIS. I think there were very few ordered in single tone black. A GEM!
    Don't be silly the Doctors car was bessie, the little yellow buggy
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockne10 View Post
    "The 'Doctor's Car'"; an alternate TARDIS. I think there were very few ordered in single tone black. A GEM!
    I'd say so, Brad: Only 13 1955 Speedsters were painted solid black, per Dick Quinn's tally in the September 1998 Turning Wheels. An additional 7 cars have special colors or the color not recorded, so I suppose one or more of them might have been solid black, 'though unlikely.

    Too, all the black cars were built in South Bend; none of the Vernon [Los Angeles] assembled cars were solid black. BP

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    I will admit, I was half expecting a Dr. Who reference, but this turned out to be pretty stellar. The Doctor had good taste! I think the all black makes it look classy.
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    The chrome pieces look very nice on black paint. Very nice car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SN-60 View Post
    My '55 President Speedster was special ordered by a Doctor in late '55. It was built on 9/27/55, which apparently was in the last week of production for the '55 models. The doctor liked all black cars I guess! (And who can blame Him?)
    Does it appear larger on the inside than it does on the outside?

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    The guy that I was working for in 1955 bought a new 1955 President hardtop in all black. He could have bought a Speedster, he owned a fuel oil company and a theatre, but he didn't want all of the bling. It was the first car that I went over 100 MPH in. That was fast in 1955. My 1949 Mercury coupe, with modifications, topped out at about 98 MPH.
    My 1955 Speedster was tri color (Neopolitan ice cream). Now it is solid balck.
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    Thanks for the nice comments folks! This car probably wouldn't be around now hadn't the engine 'blown' back in 1965. Apparently the doctor (I had His name but I lost it) drove this car very hard for ten years. The engine let go at about 130K, and after that He sold the car to it's second owner, who stored it, as is, in Brighton, Mass. till 1990. Then it was sold to the Gent I bought it from, so I guess I'm the fourth owner. I bought the car with three 259 engines. One had a wiped out crank...that one was the original, and is now rebuilt and back in service. (I installed a GH supercharger system on it (it's stick O/D) in 1996.)
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    Looks like it has also lost it's GT Hawk Head light rims
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    Quote Originally Posted by clonelark View Post
    Looks like it has also lost it's GT Hawk Head light rims
    The GT Hawk headlamp rims come and go........as of right now they're gone!

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    Great looking Speedster!! I am about 1/3 way thru the resto on my Speedster, it will also be all black (I am already jealous of yours).

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    I think the doctor must have been a 'sporty' guy! (Maybe a 'sports doctor'!!)
    Jackson,---Good luck with Your Speedster restoration...The rest of Your 'fleet' looks GREAT! (Would You please post Your Speedster's serial/body numbers again? I want to make sure it's listed in the '55 Speedster Roster---Thanks)
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    VIN # 7170565
    body tag # 6H-K7 2145

    Photo taken when I got the car home, I have all four wire hupcaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson View Post
    VIN # 7170565
    body tag # 6H-K7 2145

    Photo taken when I got the car home, I have all four wire hupcaps.
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    Yep!....I thought I had that one listed......Your's is very close to My President Speedster both in serial and body numbers. It's kind of neat to see an all black Speedster with the hood center spear and the fender top ornaments in place....the good doctor had His Speedster built without them. Take care

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    This is good news, but not directly topic-related. The recent Naples-Marco Island AACA's annual Depot Show has over 150 cars. According to the April newsletter a 1955 Studebaker Speedster presented by "Joe Auise" won the Chairman's Award. Couldn't find a photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Bryant View Post
    This is good news, but not directly topic-related. The recent Naples-Marco Island AACA's annual Depot Show has over 150 cars. According to the April newsletter a 1955 Studebaker Speedster presented by "Joe Auise" won the Chairman's Award. Couldn't find a photo.
    That's good news!......I remember a Studebaker Man by the name of Joe Aluise who owned a pristine 1956 Golden Hawk some years back. I wonder if this could be the same fellow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SN-60 View Post
    That's good news!......I remember a Studebaker Man by the name of Joe Aluise who owned a pristine 1956 Golden Hawk some years back. I wonder if this could be the same fellow?
    It was spelled as I read it in the newsletter, but it certainly resembles the person to whom you are referring. When I became part of that club, the only Studebakers ever seen were a 1927 Victoria 6 and our 1963 Avanti. The membership now has more cars from South Bend and also later Avantis. The show is open and vintage cars can be entered by anyone. I will try to learn more about the owner for the record. When I scan the photos on the website it doesn't appear and it would be great to see the winning car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SN-60 View Post
    (Would You please post Your Speedster's serial/body numbers again? I want to make sure it's listed in the '55 Speedster Roster---Thanks)
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    Who is keeping the Speedster Roster?

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    To: 2moredoors,----Well, I guess I am! Any Speedsters in Your neck of the woods?

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    What do You folks think....should I re-install the GT Hawk headlamp bezels for this years upcoming events?? (And would the Doctor have approved?)
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    Ed,being that it would give more black to the car "YES" He would. I would put the factory rims on for these events <G>
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    I had an inquirey for Switzerland about a '55 Speedster. I will PM you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SN-60 View Post
    What do You folks think....should I re-install the GT Hawk headlamp bezels for this years upcoming events?? (And would the Doctor have approved?)
    I would make the car appear as correct as possible to give the best representation of a 1955 Speedster to the unknowing.
    Also, chrome looks good against black.
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    I agree with You Gary......I'll probably 'pop' the GT Hawk headlamp bezels on once in a while, (for a change), But for the most part, I'll run the stock chrome 'Little Baseball Caps'!)

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    And don't let anyone tell You a '53-'55 C/K hood needs to be 'scooped' to shut over a Golden Hawk supercharger system!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SN-60 View Post
    What do You folks think....should I re-install the GT Hawk headlamp bezels for this years upcoming events?? (And would the Doctor have approved?)
    IMHO since there are neither hood or fender spears I think the Hawk bezels add to the overall "sleekness" of the front end.

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    Well, a '53-'55 C/K hood MAY have to be 'scooped' to clear THIS setup!!!!!
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    Just this morning, someone came up with the name "BRADFORD MOTORS", of Newburyport, Mass., which more than likely was the Studebaker Dealer that 'delivered' the "Doctor's Car" (As it's destination, indicated on the PO, was Newburyport, Massachusetts). Anyone out there have any info on this dealership? (As an aside, there exists today a Mercedes-Benz Dealership called 'SMITH MOTORS' of Haverhill Massachusetts, that apparently was a Stude-MB dealership back in the '60's. Haverhill and Newburyport are in close proximity)

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    Bob Johnstone's website lists a Frank K Bradford of 143 State Street Newberry MA http://www.studebaker-info.org/Dealers/page3.html#KY
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    Ed, the more I read this thread and look at those photos, the more beautiful that car becomes! You really should write it up for a feature piece in TW - it would make a fantastic cover car!
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    To: showbizkid (Chief Cat Herder) Thank You very much......Most all of us Stude owners get positive comments from the general public......but when one gets "Thumbs Up's" from folks that really understand the cars.......THAT'S SPECIAL!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by avantilover View Post
    Bob Johnstone's website lists a Frank K Bradford of 143 State Street Newberry MA http://www.studebaker-info.org/Dealers/page3.html#KY
    WOW!....It was there all the time....and not Newberry, but Newburyport!.....That has to be it ......I think I'll dig a little deeper now to see what's presently at that address...and if any 'Bradford' Family members are still in the area. It's still possible that someone could remember a 'Special Order' Stude that was ordered by a doctor in what really is a small New England town. Thanks very much John!
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    I'm more of a '64-'66 guy, but those '55 Speedsters stir my drink more than Golden Hawks. That is a gorgeous Speedster. Someday maybe.
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    To: Swifster,-----Thanks very much!

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    Here's a photo of the "Speedster Streamer" attached to the cowl tag on 'The Doctor's Car'. Originally, the cowl body # tag and the streamer were painted black....but because of it being almost impossible to see them, I highlighted the pair with silver paint. However, the streamer is in the exact spot (angle) as it was installed at Studebaker.
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